Aspirin, by this logic

There is a promising new science-based blog titled “things worse than nuclear power“, which is “the take from a couple of MIT engineers”. The first few posts show promise, such as this one explaining the illogic of the LNT hypothesis in terms of the deadly aspirin tablet:

In small doses, aspirin and other NSAIDs are helpful painkillers. In fact, small doses of aspirin therapy prevents lethal heart attacks and strokes and saves thousands, possibly millions of lives annually.

If aspirin were evaluated like radiation exposure, the estimated number of deaths due to taking the recommended dose, which is 1/10 the lethal dose*, would be 1 in 10 people.
If 1 in 10 people taking aspirin died, this would be up to hundreds of millions of people annually worldwide, which is clearly not the case. Aspirin is the most widely taken painkiller worldwide, and has been for hundreds of years.

Can you imagine if every product were regulated like radiation exposure? There simply would not be any pharmaceuticals, and millions of lives would be lost or have a lower quality of life.


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